And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
And Isaac dwelt in Gerar: And the men of the place asked him of his wife; and he said, She is my sister: for he feared to say, She is my wife; lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was fair to look upon. And it came to pass, when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out at a window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife. And Abimelech called Isaac, and said, Behold, of a surety she is thy wife: and how saidst thou, She is my sister? And Isaac said unto him, Because I said, Lest I die for her. And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us. And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
(Genesis 26:1-12 [KJVA])
Does any of this ring a bell?
Abraham said the exact same thing in the exact same place to someone with the exact same name. This is a convicting example to every father and mother who is trying to live a Christian lifestyle while raising kids in this world. It is also another wonderful illustration that we are blessed with in God’s picture book.
Isaac experienced, just as his father did, dry times, and he was headed to Egypt but God told him not to go to, but to a border town called Gerar.
Egypt is a type of the world, and Gerar was as close as you could get to Egypt and this is a prime example of how this story can convict and challenge us in our lives and walk with the Lord.
The problem that we encounter when we go to the border, when we camp out near or in the world, when we do those things in private that we wouldn’t want anyone to see; your kids will follow.
This extends to all of the aspects of our lives. Do you have that pet sin that ‘no one” knows about. Your kids will too. Are you living on the border of the world? Your kids will move there.
Choose to walk with the Lord and your kids will follow in your footsteps as well.